About Us

Who We Are

Today, Fastenal is many things to many different customers: an expert consultant, a logistics company, a technology provider, and more generally, a distributor of wide-ranging industrial and construction products. These aspects of our service share a common foundation: great people, close to our customers.

Our service model centers on approximately 3,200 in-market locations (a combination of public branches and customer-specific onsites), each providing custom inventory and a dedicated sales team to support local customers. These locations are supported by our global distribution network, a closely-aligned supplier network, robust sourcing, quality and manufacturing resources, and multiple teams of subject matter experts and support personnel – all working toward Fastenal’s common goal of Growth Through Customer Service®.

What We Value


Like any organization, we succeed to the extent that we bring out and utilize the creativity of each team member. The key: a culture that challenges and empowers people rather than placing limits on them. Here are a few foundational principles:

Decentralization: relying on those closest to the customer (or the issue at hand) to think creatively, make decisions, and take effective action. The result is an environment where innovation flows from every direction, not just from the top down.

Opportunity: By rewarding success and developing leaders internally, we foster an exceptionally motivated and engaged team – entrepreneurial individuals who “think big” for our company and our customers.

Training: Each year, Fastenal employees complete roughly hundreds of thousands of courses via the Fastenal School of Business (our multi-platform corporate university), on average receiving 16 hours of FSB training during the year to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Fastenal Poeple
Fastenal Community


When Fastenal went public in 1987, our company founders set aside more than a quarter of the IPO shares to create an educational endowment for local schools. This spirit of community connection remains central to our culture, today shining through in thousands of cities and towns where our local “Blue Teams” work, live, lead, and give back. A few notable examples:

Blue Team Sports®: An athletic uniform program available to Fastenal employees and their family members who participate in sports programs in their communities.

Trinona®: The world’s “biggest little” triathlon, presented by Fastenal.

BK-5K: An annual race/fundraiser with all proceeds supporting various youth programs demonstrating financial need.


Fastenal helps businesses and organizations achieve their sustainability goals through efficient distribution, a comprehensive green product offering, and a lineup of recycling programs.

Green Products: Looking to drive sustainability across multiple categories? We maintain a comprehensive green product offering from key vendors for national distribution. We can also provide custom reporting to help you monitor progress towards your sustainability requirements or goals.

Recycling Programs: Implementing a recycling program doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Utilize our vendor partnership programs to introduce turnkey recycling solutions for a variety of materials.

Green Machines: Vending typically drives around a 25% reduction in product consumption through automated controls and reporting. If you apply that rate to Fastenal’s total vended sales (around $1 billion per year), that’s an estimated $130 million worth of product that is not packaged and transported, not consumed, and not destined for a landfill.

Supply Chain Efficiency: When you partner with Fastenal to avoid over-consumption, obsolete inventory, redundant purchases, expedited ordering, and overlapping deliveries from multiple vendors, you’re taking waste out of your business and the environment – with fewer materials consumed and fewer carbon emissions produced.

Fastenal Sustainability
Who We Partner With
Our customers span a spectrum of industries, sizes, and profiles – from local fabricators, contractors, and K-12 schools, to global manufacturers, national construction companies, retail and e-commerce giants, and major hospitals and universities. The common themes are collaboration and customization, engaging at the local level to execute programs that align with the customer’s unique needs and goals. Click on the videos below to view a few examples of who we help and how. Click here to view all case studies.
Pierce Manufacturing
Triumph Fabrications
Aerospace & Defense
Sellen Construction
What We Provide

Fastenal Managed Inventory

Innovative Supply Solutions & Services

At Fastenal, we don’t just sell and ship products. We offer a toolbox of solutions, services, and subject matter experts to help your business reduce costs, increase productivity, and ultimately do more of what you do best.

SolutionsSolutions: Wide-ranging services and solutions to help your business reduce inventory, touches, and supply chain waste. This includes a suite of technology solutions to monitor, track, and control everyday supplies.

Industrial ServicesIndustrial Services: A variety of services to help you get more out of your equipment in terms of performance, safety, accuracy, and longevity.

Fastenal ExpertiseExpertiseTroubleshooting issues, providing answers, and bringing expert eyes to uncover opportunities for your business.

Manufacturing ServicesManufacturing ServicesProducing custom products to meet your unique needs, from high-volume fasteners to complex machined parts.

The Power of Presence

In an industry that’s becoming increasingly centralized, standardized, and transactional, we’re invested in moving closer to your business – in terms of proximity and partnership. Bring us your supply chain challenges, and we’ll tap into our global resources to provide a custom solution.

21,000+ Employees
21,000+ Employees
3,000+ In-Market Locations
3,000+ In-Market Locations
26 Countries
26 Countries

A Comprehensive Product Offering

Looking to leverage and optimize spend across multiple categories? Tap into our broad MRO, OEM and construction product offering to gain instant buying power and efficiency.

Abrasives Abrasives Electrical Electrical HVAC & Refrigeration HVAC & Refrigeration Lubricants, Coolants & Fluids Lubricants, Coolants & Fluids
Adhesives, Sealants, & Tapes Adhesives, Sealants, & Tapes Fasteners Fasteners Hydraulics Hydraulics Machinery Machinery
Cutting Tools & Metalworking Cutting Tools & Metalworking Fleet & Automotive Fleet & Automotive Janitorial & Cleaning Janitorial & Cleaning Material Handling, Lifting, & Rigging Material Handling, Lifting, & Rigging
Electronics & Batteries Electronics & Batteries Hardware Hardware Lighting Lighting Mil-Spec Mil-Spec
Motors Motors Pumps Pumps Packaging & Shipping Products Packaging & Shipping Products Tools & Equipment Tools & Equipment
Office & Breakroom Supplies Office & Breakroom Supplies Raw Materials Raw Materials Plumbing Plumbing Test & Measurement Test & Measurement
Outdoor Products & Equipment Outdoor Products & Equipment Safety Safety Pneumatics Pneumatics xWelding Welding
Paint & Painting Supplies Paint & Painting Supplies Security Security Power Transmission Power Transmission  
Our History

When Fastenal opened for business in 1967, we were the smallest of an estimated 10,000 fastener distributors in the U.S. By the mid-1990s we had become the largest, almost entirely through organic growth. As company founder Bob Kierlin later observed, “We had to be doing something different. It wasn’t the product, and it wasn’t how we distributed the product. It was our belief in people.”

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